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A Week of Victories and Celebrations!

This has been quite a week for our local BHC site! Here is just a preview of what has happened!


Photo Source: LA StreetsBlog
East Yard and a number of our Environmental Health Workgroup participants took a bus to Sacramento and successfully advocated to pass SB 811, regarding the 710 Freeway expansion out of the Transportation Subcommittee. They also were able to get support for State Assembly Member Bonnie Lowenthal.

LA StreetsBlog: A Midnight Ride Up to Sac Gives 710 Communities the (Possibility) to Breathe


Photo Source: Long Beach Press Telegram
The Language Access Coalition successfully fought and won the right to add Khmer, Tagalog and a number of other provisions strengthening our local language access ordinance for the City of Long Beach.

See more photos on our photo albums on our Facebook Page!
Watch this great piece by ABS-CBN News: Filipinos fight for Tagalog access in California
Long Beach Press Telegram: Long Beach Expands Access to Non-English Speakers
Long Beach Post: Comprehensive Language Access Policy Passes Council
The Gazette: SO MOVED: Sign Ordinance Passes, Language Access Okayed


Photo Source: BHC Long Beach Facebook Page

Wednesday, the BHC Long Beach Hub celebrated another year of BHC in Long Beach, our new Steering Committee and our updated Community Action Plan--as well as a preview of a mural! 

Visit our Facebook Page to view more photos from our event!

Thursday morning our Neighborhoods Workgroup met with City Manager Pat West regarding the allocation of one-time funds (windfall and RDA boomerang funds) and opened a dialogue with regard to affordable housing, bus vouchers, green technology, shared TA, leveraging our network for volunteers and community engagement. 
Thursday night, BHC and our partners successfully advocated for a strengthened policy with regard to the permitting process for predatory lenders across the city! Here are a few words describing the win from our partners:
"The commissioners voted 5-1 (Chairman Blair was the lone no vote) in favor of the planning staff's recommendation with one important amendment: they approved a quarter mile (1,320 ft) distance buffer from similar uses, versus 500 or 1000 ft, which were the initial proposals. In other words, [payday lenders] won't be able to open up any new stores within a quarter mile of each other. Given the locations of existing businesses, there are few places within the city that would meet that criteria. So this key provision will function as somewhat of a de facto "ban" on new fringe financial businesses."
We are so amazed and proud of the work of our partners in Long Beach and most importantly our leaders in Building Healthy Communities: Long Beach. Our Steering Committee voted to endorse each of the campaigns and letters above and many of our members provided their personal testimony for each of the campaigns. There is an incredible movement happening in Long Beach and we're ready to keep the momentum going to build a healthier Long Beach for all!

The Future of Affordable Housing is Being Decided Now

By VoiceWaves Reporter: Adalhi Montes

According to a report from the community advocate Housing Long Beach, “Nearly half of Long Beach renters spent more than 35% of their income on rent—forcing almost 130,000 residents to choose between rent, food, and medical expenses each month.”



Neighborhood Clean Up
August 17
1352 Gundry Ave.

Unity in the Community Picnic
August 17
MLK Park

August 22
First Lutheran Church

Festival of Friends
August 31
Drake Park

Full Calendar of Events


Community Map
Community Action Plan
The California Endowment
Long Beach TIme Exchange
ommunity Partners


Building Healthy Communities: Long Beach and the Long Beach TIme Exchange have started an exciting new partnership! Using the model of the time exchange, Time Exchange members will be able to earn credits participating/volunteering at qualifying BHC Long Beach events and vice versa! To read more about the Time Exchange and how you can get involved, you can check out their website!


Voicewaves Logo

VoiceWaves is a Long Beach youth-led journalism and media-training project. The youth, ages 16-24, are learning to report, write, and create digital journalism content. Their reports will raise awareness of  healthy community issues and activate change action in Central and West Long Beach. Read stories by Voicewaves reporters on their website:


AmeriCorps Logo

BHC Statewide has combined forces with AmeriCorps to provide direct youth mentoring services. In Long Beach, we have 10 AmeriCorps members working with Long Beach Youth to address positive youth development and resiliency, offer youth skills and support to increase physical and emotional safety, decrease violence, and lay the foundation for healthy and productive lives. 
To learn more about the AmeriCorps program, you can visit their website: www.bhcamericorps.org or contact Kendra Jennis, AmeriCorps Facilitator at kjennis@csulb.edu.

Upcoming Community Events

National Youth Institute Film Festival

You are cordially invited to attend our National Youth Institute Film Festival that is being held in Long Beach, CA on Saturday, August 31st, 2013 from 9am - 3pm. come by and see all the Youth Institute replication sites compete for the BEST short film and BEST youth-designed magazine for 2013. If you are personally planning to attend the event please RSVP by sending an email to ron.ung@lbymca.org.

Directions to the Scottish Rite Event Center can be found here: http://tinyurl.com/pnvy3xl

For more information, check out the Youth Institute Facebook Page!

Promise Zones Informational Webinar

Thursday, August 22, 2013
9:00 - 10:30 a.m.

The Promise Zones initiative is an exciting new strategy being implemented by the Obama Administration to address the challenges of concentrated poverty. Building upon the proven tools implemented by the President during his first term to combat poverty, this initiative will designate a number of high-poverty communities as Promise Zones, with which the federal government will partner and invest in to create jobs, leverage private investment, increase economic activity, expand educational opportunities, and improve public safety.

This webinar will introduce this interagency effort, explore its potential for tackling complex issues, and discuss eligibility for application.
Featured Speakers:

  • Angela Glover Blackwell, Founder and CEO, PolicyLink
  • Brian Smedly, Vice President and Director, Joint Center for Political and Economic Studies
  • Racquel Russell, Deputy Assistant to the President for Urban Affairs & Economic Mobility, White House Domestic Policy Council
  • Lisa Cylar Miller, Deputy Director, Promise Neighborhoods Institute at PolicyLink

Solidarity Candle Light Vigil

PADNET is turning ONE!


Family Food Fest in San Pedro

Harbor Community Clinic and HCBF invite you to attend our first annual Family Food Fest. The event is FREE and open to the public!

Saturday, August 17, 2013 from 11am to 2pm

Please join us for an afternoon of free health screenings, community resources, live music, kid activities, and free food - while supplies last!

Donate Now
Every $5 donation pays for a bag of groceries for a family of four to be distributed at the festval. Your tax-deductible donation will directly help feed a San Pedro family!

I'd like to donate a bag of groceries!

Be a Volunteer or Vendor!
To volunteer at the event or if you'd like a booth of your own, contact Ata Khan, Program Associate, ata@hcbf.org or 310-997-7116. There's no cost to participate!

Parking and Booth Legend
Click Here to View: Event Parking Map and Booth Legend

Neighborhood Clean-Up

MacArthur Park/ Whittier School Neighborhood 
and your neighbor Raymond Chavarria invite you to come to the 
Neighborhood Clean-Up
Come and work with your neighbors to clean up your neighborhood!
When: Saturday, August 17, 2013
Time: 8:00am - Noon
Where: 1352 Gundry Ave., Long Beach
For more information, please call
Bryant S. Ben at (562) 570-1691
Sponsored by the Department of Development Neighborhood Services Bureau
Parque MacArthur/ Escuela Whittier Vecindario 
y Su vecino Raymond Chavarria le invitan a usted a asistir a una 
Limpieza de Vecindario
Venga y trabaje con sus vecinos para limpiar su vecindario
Cuando: Sabado, 17 de agosto del 2013
Hora: 8:00am - 12:00pm
Lugar: 1352 Gundry Ave., Long Beach
Para mas informacion, por favor llame a Bryant Ben al 562-570-1691
Patrocinado por el Buro de Servicios del Vecindarios del Departamento de Servicio Desarrollo

Long Beach Rising! 2013 Organizer Training

Application Deadline - August 31st

Long Beach Rising! is a non-partisan program and comprehensive approach to strengthen civic engagement, voter mobilization, and community organizing among communities historically marginalized from the political process, including low-income communities.   In partnership with local organizations, we hosted the People's State of the City 2013, Power Analysis Workshop Series, and this fall we plan to launch our 2013 Leadership Training. 

The Long Beach Rising! Leadership Training 2013 will cover everything from how to organize locally, build coalitions, conduct door-to-door outreach & canvass, and strengthen movements for social and economic change.  We strongly encourage residents, students, activists, and organization members to apply.

"The goal of the program is to increase civic engagement in Long Beach, to increase the number of people voting in our local elections, getting involved in community organizations that address issues they care about, and understanding that their voice and experience is important in the political process."- Christine Petit, Steering Committee  

Last year's graduates had the opportunity to participate in a civic engagement project that strengthened voter engagement and mobilization of hundreds of residents in low voting areas of our city.  Many graduates also played an integral role in helping pass Measure N, the first-ever Living Wage policy in the City of Long Beach.  

APPLY TODAY! Download an application (Click Here)

Friend Fest!

Join us for a fun day at Drake Park and let's make friends of neighbors!!
August 31st
11am - 4pm
Live Music
Free Activities: games + sports, clothing + book swaps by the Long Beach Free Store, homemade natural cleaning products, arts + crafts, face-painting, seed planting by Foodscape Long Beach, hydration station by Green Long Beach and more!!
There will also be a potluck! So please bring a dish to share (if you can). your own plate, cup + utensils, plus a blanket to sit and relax!
562-270-KIND (5463)
Unase a nosotros para un dia de diversion en Drake Park y hagamos amigos de nuestros vecinos!!
31 de Agosto 
11am - 4pm
Musica en Vivo
Actividades GRATIS: juegos y deportes, intercambio de ropa y libros por el LB Free Store, taller de limpieza natural, taller de arte recilcado, pinta-caritas, taller de sembrar semillas por Foodscape Long Beach, estacion de hidratacion por Green Long Beach y mucho mas!!
Tambien habra un potluck!
Por favor traiga una comida para compartir wi puede, su propio plato, cubiertos ye taza, y una cobija para sentarse y relajarse!!
562-270-KIND (5463)

TCC Beach Walk 2013

The Children's Clinic, "Serving Children and Their Families" 2013 Beach Walk: Walk for a Healthy Community (BW13) website is up and running!

Register, Start a Team or Sponsor our event today!

This year's event will take place on Saturday, October 26, 2013 and we need you to help us raise critically needed funds to support TCC's vision of a community that is health for all residents.

BW13, which takes place on the Marina Green on Shoreline Drive in downtown Long Beach, is heading into its 23rd year, and this year we are creating a Healthy Lifestyles Village complete with a 1K Super Kids Race for children under 12; our traditional 5K walk for friends and families, games, music, free food tastings and health screenings and lots of giveaways, all of which help grow healthier communities in our fabulous city.

Make sure to join or start a team online today!



Special Health Reports: The State of California

 On Dumping Grounds
Reporter Ruxandra Guidi brings us a story about the dilemma of a garbage dump located on Native American land with little regulation, and how it affects the neighboring farmworker communities.

The Languages of Natividad
The Natividad Medical Center in the Salinas Valley is figuring out how to provide services to patients who speak indigenous languages, such as Mixteca, Zapoteca, and Triqui. Natividad has been contacted and is contacting various hospitals across the country, hoping to help their doctors communicate with their indigenous patients.

 You Crazy? Latino and Mental Health
An in-depth report that’s exploring how three young Latinos have addressed and dealt with anxiety, depression, and relationships. We also speak with Dr. Sergio Aguilar-Gaxiola, a professor with expertise in Latino community health and founding director of the UC Davis Center for Reducing Health Disparities, who brings us a psychological perspective on how much of the Latino culture handles these issues.

The Davis Enterprise’s report on the event: “Report, panel look at mental health challenges among young Latinos.”

Heat Stress in the Fields (currently airing this week)
The 2013 summer heat wave has caused three deaths of agricultural workers in the Fresno County, underscoring the need for heat illness regulations to protect agricultural workers.


Contact BHC Long Beach

If you'd like to get involved in BHC Long Beach or would like to know more information, feel free to give us a call, stop by or visit our website.

BHC Long Beach
920 Atlantic Ave, #102
Long Beach, CA 90813

Rene Castro, Hub Manager

Ana Bonilla, Hub Coordinator

Julia Castaneda, Admin Assistant

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